DATES TO REMEMBER:
Submission Deadline: AUGUST 24
Notification: SEPTEMBER 8
Delivery of Accepted Work: OCTOBER 2-10
Public Reception: OCTOBER 13
Exhibition Closes: NOVEMBER 3
Pick Up of Work: NOVEMBER 4-8
In this 21st Century digital age of social media and handheld photo editors, we are inundated with images of our friends, family and cultural icons. One would think this proliferation of photographs would generate a greater acceptance of varying body types. But more than ever, images are projected in the gaze of societal norms and conventions of what is beautiful and ideal. The differences and imperfections that make a human body unique reveal much about one's personal narrative and rarely align with the common standard of young, slim, white, able and whole.
As part of the Oak Park Art League's Art for Social Change initiative, We are Enough calls for art that explores the many facets of body image and its relationship to self-acceptance and love. How is one's body image affected by inherent differences such as race, gender, sexuality, form and disability; or by changes due to aging, illness, or major surgery? We are looking for art of any media that explores issues of body image and self-worth.
Related exhibits will include a display of plaster cast busts of breast cancer survivors, customized by Chicago-area artists, plus an interactive installation for cancer survivors to contribute offerings or messages to an effigy in the form of a traditional Madonna.
INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS:
Works in all media are welcome.
Artists are encouraged to submit early for a reduced application fee of $12 per image. Application fee increases to $15 per image on August 1st.
Artists are invited to submit up to six images, with separate payment for each entry.
One additional image will be accepted for each 3-dimensional piece at no extra cost.
All work submitted must have been created within the last 3 years and not exhibited at OPAL in the previous 18 months.
OPAL reserves the right to reject any accepted work that does not clearly represent or match the submission.
Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Submission fees are non-refundable.
Follow this link for a complete list of Oak Park Art League Juried Exhibition Guidelines:
Juried Exhibition Guidelines - We are Enough
Juror: Susan Sensemann
is an artist, educator and arts administrator who
has lived and worked in Chicago since 1979. She is professor emerita at the
University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design and has lectured at
institutions in Italy, Germany, Korea and China among others in this country.
Awards include a MUCIA grant to South Korea, a British Arts Council grant for
Belfast, and Chicago Artists International Program grants to Prague and Turku,
Finland. She has curated numerous exhibitions including “Obsessions,” “Physiotasmagorical,” “Pleasures
beyond Guilt,” “Brain/Body,” and
“Skew the Unruly Grid.” Her
non-digitally produced photomontages, paintings and drawings have been
exhibited nationally and internationally. www.susansensemann.com
Founded in 1921, the Oak Park Art League is one of Illinois’ longest, continually-running non-profit visual arts organizations, serving Chicago’s western suburbs as an exhibition site for artists and a center for high quality art education.
ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE programs and exhibitions are sponsored in part by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Community Foundation of Oak Park-River Forest, and the Illinois Arts Council; a State Agency.